Intolerable pain in left hip and back

by Betsy
(Fort Myers Fl)



Pain started in middle of left back, saw a chiropractor and was told it was soft tissue and after third treatment with him he told me there was nothing wrong; by this time I couldn't raise or bend my left leg or could walk very far.

I went to a different chiropractor and he did X-rays and left hip was way higher; after three treatments pain was now in buttocks, knee was weak, leg would give way after sharp pain in upper part of left leg; after third treatment was worse; my back was not flat when I laid on a bed so laying on left side of back, ribs starting to feel compressed while I tried to walk and lay, he tried to adjust my hip I think and pulled my leg sideways and down which created a lot of pain and after the third treatment my whole left side of the bottom of my torso was black and blue from him trying to adjust the hip.

I then went to a third chiropractor. One Chiropractor evaluated me by talking to me and noticed my left part of my back was raised and agreed I was twisted; saw the main chiropractor and he did adjustments; went back three days later and told him I wasn't better and again adjustments, somewhat better for a few hours; by this time I couldn't walk, with pain in my left hip radiating all the way down my leg moving through the upper leg and groin radiating down the thigh.

I started paying attention to everything I did when I slept and walked. Looked in mirror after shower and noticed my left hip was pushed up and in; put my feet together and my knee was turned in and my leg was forward versus the right leg.

My next visit to the chiropractor I told him to look at how I stood and he just stared at me. I finally asked if my hip was turned and pushed up and he said looks like it. He did some adjustments and set up appointment in a week or to come in if I can't take the pain. I know in the beginning of all of this if I would have had a thorough exam and a good chiropractor this would not have become the problem it has. I don't know anymore if a good chiropractor could help me or if I need to see an orthopedic.

I am not sure what is even wrong anymore. What do you think? Before we moved and I went to my chiropractor he would take care of the problem in a couple of adjustments but he always checked my mobility of the area before he would do any adjustment
How do I find a good chiropractor because reviews and taking x rays have not worked.

Shucks Betsy, you've had a tough time, and to be honest I'm not sure either. Wish I was nearer to examine you.

Is there no possibility you could get back to your old chiropractor; go back and stay with friends for a couple weeks?

From what you describe it's really not clear whether this is your back, the sacroiliac joint, or the hip; sometimes a bit of both.

May I ask you to do a few tests please.

1. Bend slowly forwards, then backwards, and then to the side. Do it carefully as it could make you worse. What do you feel; answer as accurately as possible if you want a useful suggestion from me.

2. Lying on your back, pull your knee to the chest, to the opposite shoulder, and then drop it into the lotus position. Again, precisely what do you feel?

3. Sitting in a kitchen chair, flex your head on your chest, and then straighten your right knee, lower, and then the left knee. Again exactly what do you feel?

Answer these, and then perhaps I'll have a better picture of what's happening.

Dr B



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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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